Public Hearings on "General Cost to Communicate" in Gauteng 22-26 July 2013

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The Portfolio Committee on Communications will embark on public hearings on "the general cost to communicate in South Africa", from 22 – 26 July 2013 in Gauteng province. The Committee has recognised that, despite reduced mobile termination rates (MTRs), the cost of communication in South Africa is still high and competition remains fragmented.

The Committee has previously held public hearings on the general cost to communicate in Parliament on 29 – 30 November 2013. The hearings specifically targeted the Department of Communications as the policy maker, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as the regulator, as well as dominant mobile and fixed-line players in the telecommunications section in the country (Cell C, Vodacom, MTN, Neotel, TelkomSA, and 8ta).

The second phase will include all role players in the telecommunications sector value chain including the Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs), Academia, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and political parties.

In order to participate, you are invited to make a written submission to the Committee and the submission must reach the office of the Committee Secretary on or before Thursday, 18 July 2013. Please indicate if you would like to make an oral presentation to the Committee.

The programme for the hearings will only be available once all submissions have been received and people or institutions have indicated that they would be making oral presentations.

Find here: Explanatory Note on these public hearings

Email submission to Committee Secretary, Mr Thembinkosi Ngoma, at

Enquiries: Mr Ngoma 0214033733 / 0837098407